Somatic EMDR Tools for Addictions

Somatic EMDR Tools for Addictions - Somatic EMDR Workshop - Maiberger Institute

This Somatic EMDR Workshop — taught by Barb Maiberger, MA, LPC  and John Gray, MA, LPC, CACIII — focuses on how to prepare clients who are struggling with addictions for successful EMDR therapy trauma reprocessing. Over the years, we have observed EMDR therapists feeling pressure to get fast results in working with addictions which can lead to more relapses. Part of the addiction process is to run away from feeling the body by escaping into the “high” from the addiction. This disconnect from the body can make trauma reprocessing difficult and too scary for the client. Slowing down the preparation phase is the key to developing the necessary skills for the clients to relate to their feelings and body sensations. Our unique somatic tools are designed to help clients learn to tolerate feelings and sensations, build confidence and skills, and feel safe enough to move forward with trauma reprocessing for successful EMDR therapy.

In this workshop you will transform your practice immediately by:

  • giving you the necessary somatic tools to successfully help clients become more embodied and self-aware
  • feeling more successful in preparing client for EMDR therapy trauma reprocessing
  • leaving sessions more confident, positive, and excited about the changes your clients are making
  • having a bigger impact on your clients lives
John Gray, MA, LPC, CACIII - Fort Collins CO 80525

John Gray, MA, LPC, CACIII

Barb Maiberger, MA, LPC - Maiberger Institute

Barb Maiberger, MA, LPC

This EMDRIA approved two-day Somatic EMDR Workshop includes:

  • Didactic learning
  • Live demonstrations
  • Interventions to immediately integrate into your clinical work
  • Experiential practice to embody the somatic interventions
  • Detailed handouts with scripted protocols
  • Case discussions
  • Taught by trainers who are highly skilled and bring their own unique experiences and wealth of knowledge into the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss that clients struggling with addictions have poor self-regulation.
  • Recognize that trauma can be an underlying cause for addictions.
  • Recall that helping clients connect to their bodies before EMDR trauma processing is part of EMDR readiness.
  • Identify there are stages of change in the Addiction process.
  • Recognize the importance of resourcing clients before doing EMDR Therapy trauma protocol.
  • Apply one RDI to help relapse prevention.
  • Demonstrate how to manage the Inner Enabler through an RDI Intervention.
  • Recognize at least two signs that a client is not in the Window of Opportunity.
  • Recognize at least two signs that the client is in the Window of Opportunity.
  • Summarize that developing an observing self can help a client recognize dysfunctional ways of relating in relationships.
  • Demonstrate how to build dual awareness for clients to help build safety in processing.
  • Review the process of helping clients connect to loving feelings toward others and self to build affect tolerance.


Scott Ulrich, MS, LPC, CAC III - Arvada, Colorado 80002 - EMDR Therapist

“After completion of the training, I became more confident navigating the protocols, and I now have the tools to help my clients strengthen their body’s regulation and resiliency during a time that many often attempt to escape. Barb’s knowledge of techniques, together with John’s extensive experience in addictions treatment, is a great addition for every EMDR therapist.”Scott Ulrich, MS, LPC, CAC III


Required Workshop Handouts

Required Handouts will be emailed to Participants one week prior to start date of workshop. All Participants are required to bring these materials with them by either printing their own copy, or by bringing it in digital form (tablet, laptop). Handouts will make references to the required book. Additional copies will not be available at the workshop. All copyrighted workshop materials will only be available for the duration of the workshop.

Credit Hours for Somatic EMDR Workshops

EMDRIA - EMDR International Association

EMDRIA Credits: 12 EC   The Maiberger Institute offers 12 EMDRIA Credits (EC) for this Somatic EMDR Workshop. The Maiberger Institute maintains responsibility for this program, and its content in accordance with EMDRIA standards.

American Psychological Association - APA Approved Sponsor

APA Credit Hours: 12 CE Hours — The Maiberger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Maiberger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.


NBCC Credit Hours: 12 CE Hours — The Maiberger Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP – Provider #6436. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC CE Hours are clearly identified. Maiberger Institute is solely responsible for all aspect of the programs.

Americans with Disabilities Act

This program is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our policy is to provide equal opportunity for all participants, including those with disabilities. The Maiberger Institute does not discriminate against a qualified participant with a disability who can perform the essential functions of the Training with or without an accommodation.

If, because of a physical or mental disability, you need an accommodation to enable you to participate in the training, please notify contact us prior to registration so that together we can discuss your situation and how we might be able to help. Unless you notify us, we might not know you need an accommodation, so please tell us. The Maiberger is willing to make an accommodation that is reasonable, so long as it does not result in undue hardship to the business.

Participant Agreement for Somatic EMDR Workshop

All applicants must (i) confirm eligibility requirements as detailed in the Participant Agreement (including state licensing and graduate degree prerequisites), or receive written confirmation of eligibility from the Maiberger Institute, AND (ii) agree to the terms and conditions in the Participant Agreement, prior to registration and providing payment pursuant to the Participant Agreement.

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